According to the Dept of Veterans Affairs, as of mid-March, there were 866,000 veterans’ disability claims, 606,000 of which were more than 125 days old. http://www.vba.va.gov/REPORTS/mmwr/index.asp
Let’s assume that most of our vets ARE honorable and ARE trustworthy!
For my first time, I’ve created a formal petition to the Obama administration, using the White House’s “We the People” system. It says:
We petition the Obama administration to:
pursue “TRUST OUR VETS” legislation, for the VA to IMMEDIATELY accept ALL vets’ claims; begin coverage; verify later.
As a BIpartisan effort, Congress should immediately TRUST our veterans: It should IMMEDIATELY enact legislation – including adequate funding – that mandates and authorizes the Dept of Veterans Affairs to IMMEDIATELY grant ALL veterans’ disability claims; IMMEDIATELY initiate their coverage, and only thereafter, process their paperwork, confirm legitimacy and make any modifications whenever they can.
This should be done with the same bipartisan support, speed and “simplicity” that Congress used when it enacted the Bush administration’s much more costly, much less demanding, $700-billion bailout for the tiny-few Big Banks in 2008.
Created: May 26, 2013
Issues: Defense, Disabilities, Veterans and Military Families Signatures
needed by June 25, 2013 to reach goal of 100,000
Until this petition reaches 150 signatures, it will not be publicly viewable on the Open Petitions section of We the People, so please sign it AND share its web-page address (its “URL”) – SOON (it needs 100,000 sigs by 6/25!):
The short URL for the petition is: http://wh.gov/hewd
The insanely long URL for exactly the same thing is: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/pursue-trust-our-vets-legislation-va-immediately-accept-all-vets-claims-begin-coverage-verify-later/kgykbJN0
Please pass this along to everyone you know, AND to ALL of your elected federal representatives!
BOTH political parties should TRUST our vets! NOW! Verify their claims and make any justified changes or corrections later! As a BIpartiasan effort, Congress should ram-thru a “Trust Our Vets” bill – WITH funding.
And do so with the same speed that they protected the Big Banks. (Bush’s 2008 Big Banks $700-billion bailout was rammed thru Congress in less than a week.
Even better – do it as quickly as they changed FAA funding rules to avoid any weekend flight inconveniences for themselves and their flying friends.
Pass it along!
–jim; Jim Warren, open-govt and tech-civlib advocate, sometime columnist
[Note: I'm not a vet, and have never even attempted to make any VA claims.]